1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B

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Lot 571
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440
Registration no. Unregistered Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B

Sold for £ 40,250 (US$ 52,873) inc. premium
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440
Registration no. Unregistered
Frame no. None visible
Engine no. DDO570B
• Indian's Four in its final incarnation
• Purchased in the USA in 2010
• Last MoT'd 2011-2012

'The Four is the greatest motorcycle showpiece, the Duesenberg of motorcycling.' – Jerry Hatfield, 'Illustrated Indian Motorcycle Buyer's Guide.'

Marketed as the Indian Ace for 1928, the Springfield company's first four-cylinder motorcycle had resulted from its purchase of the Ace rights and tooling from Detroit Motors the previous year. The Ace company, although bankrupted twice, had developed a fundamentally sound four-cylinder motorcycle based on William Henderson's original design, and this provided Indian with an opportunity to offer an inline 'four' with minimal development costs.

Having acquired the Ace, Indian made few changes for the next couple of years before beginning to put its own characteristic stamp on the Four, beginning in 1929 with a re-style (Model 401) and following up with a new five-main-bearing crankshaft. Introduced on June 1st 1929 on the Model 402, the latter was the biggest single change made to the motor, which retained the Henderson Ace's basic architecture right up to 1936.

Following the debacle of the 'upside-down' Four, Indian reverted to the tried-and-tested 'F-head' (inlet over exhaust) arrangement, adding aluminium cylinder heads and fully enclosed valve gear to the specification. Mechanical changes after 1938 were few, the one most worthy of note being the introduction of 'plunger' rear suspension for 1940, which also brought with it the large, skirted fenders characteristic of the Indian Four in its final incarnation.

Production of the Indian Four, America's last four-cylinder motorcycle, ceased in 1942. No sales literature was distributed for the 1942 season - this would normally have been done the preceding fall - probably because the defence build-up prior to the United States' entry into WW2 was already causing manufacturers to focus their attention elsewhere.

One of the world's most beautiful and collectable motorcycles, this Indian Four was purchased online in December 2010 from Mr Gary Smalz of Mariposa, California. The transfer of ownership document is on file and the machine also comes with shipping/import paperwork, original State of California and New York Certificate of Title and an expired MoT certificate (2011-2012).
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1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
1940 Indian 78ci Four 440 Frame no. None visible Engine no. DDO570B
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